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What to do with unwanted items

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What to do with unwanted items

Here are some ways to recycle your unwanted or disused items.  

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Rethink Waste Education Centre

Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 386 Palmerston Road, ph: (06) 867 4708
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 3pm, Saturday 11am - 1pm

Free recycle drop off: Dolce Gusto coffee pods, Colgate products, used Bic pens and markers, household batteries, florescent light bulbs and mobile phones.

Purchase: Bokashi zing, recycling bin nets.

 

Appliances

Refuse transfer station rural township transfer stations accept metal appliances free of charge 

♦ Whiteware - M E Jukes, 180 Stanley Road - small charge

♦ Whiteware - Metalco Recyclers(external link) 22 Banks Street 

When you purchase a new appliance, ask the retailer to take your old appliance 

 

Batteries

♦ Household batteries - Tairawhiti Environment Centre

♦ Gisborne Autoelectrics, 159 Carnarvon Street - no household batteries

Metalco Recyclers(external link) 22 Banks Street - vehicle batteries only

♦ Bensons Auto Electrical, 160 Kahutia Street - no household batteries

 

Books and magazines

♦ Hospital, doctors waiting rooms, charitable organisations

♦ Kindergartens, childcare facilities and Kohanga Reo

♦ Kerbside recycling collection

♦ Recycling drop off at Waste Management NZ Ltd, 75 Innes Street 

 

Bricks and concrete

♦ M E Jukes, Stanley Road - small charge

 

Building materials

♦ Trading Post Recyclers, 71 Awapuni Road

♦ Neil Andrew Timber Recycling, 86 Bloomfield Rd - visit website(external link)

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Cans 

♦ Kerbside recycling collection - steel and aluminium cans, empty household aerosols, see guide 

♦ Waste Management NZ Ltd recycling depot 75 Innes Street

♦ Schools and church groups may collect aluminium cans or can tabs as fundraisers.

Metalco Recyclers(external link) 22 Banks Street

 

Car bodies or wrecks

♦ Eastland Autowreckers, 212 Stanley Rd 

Metalco Recyclers(external link) 22 Banks Street - no charge 

Cellphones

Mobile phone recycling scheme, Tairawhiti Environment Centre 386 Palmerston Road.

Recycle your old mobile phone and raise funds for Sustainable Coastlines(external link).
The proceeds from the mobile phone recycling scheme helps towards the long-term vision of beautiful beaches and healthy waters. 

Regardless of condition, make or model all mobile phones are accepted by the Mobile Phone Recycling Scheme. Phones received are graded, data wiped and sim card removed and destroyed. Drop of in store at:

♦ Spark, Customhouse Street 
♦ Vodafone, 2 Peel Street 
♦ 2degrees, 201 Gladstone Road

 

Chemicals

♦ Farm chemicals - Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme(external link)

♦ Others - contact us for advice 

 

Clothing - good, clean used

♦ Friends and family (second-time around, clothes swaps, dress up for children)

♦ Kindergartens, childcare facilities and Kohanga Reo

♦ Charitable organisations

♦ Flea market or garage sale

♦ Advertise - Eastland Trader, Gisborne Herald, TradeMe, Facebook 

 

Computers

The eWaste collection programme in our region is currently on hold.

If you buy a new computer, ask the retailer if they will take your old one. 

Croxley Recycling(external link)

eCycle.co.nz(external link) 

 

Concrete and bricks

♦ M E Jukes, Stanley Road - small charge 

 

Containers (agrichemical)

♦ Plastic agrichemical containers - Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme(external link) 

 

Curtains

♦ Charity outlets 
♦ Red Cross, 336 Palmerston Rd 

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Event recycling 

♦ Contact Waste Management NZ Ltd(external link) 

contact us for free recycling bins and flags 

 

Farm waste

♦ Chemical containers at AgRecovery, Matawhero visit Agrecovery's website(external link) 
♦ For chemical disposal contact Agrecovery ph: 0800 247 326

♦ Bale wrap - Plasback(external link)

♦ Waste Management NZ Ltd, 75 Innes Street  

 

Gas bottles

♦ Dive & Gas, 377 Childers Rd ph 867 9662 - LPG refill

Bunnings - exchange gas bottle for a filled one 

 

Glass bottles and jars

♦ Kerbside recycling collection - wash and lids off see what's accepted

♦ Waste Management NZ Ltd, 75 Innes Street 

♦ Kindergartens, childcare facilities and kohanga reo

♦ Useful for jams/pickles etc, advertise via Eastland Trader, Facebook 

 

Garden waste

♦ Tree pruning can be put aside for kindling or firewood

♦ Hire a shredder or use a contractor (see tree services in the yellow pages)

♦ Employ a green waste contractor (see lawn mowing services in the yellow pages)

♦ Judds, 164 McDonalds Rd - make and sell compost

♦ Waste Management NZ Ltd, 75 Innes Street - see their opening hours 

 

Household items

Secondhand Sunday - 1st Sunday of each month except January. Register with us 

♦ Charitable organisations or church groups

♦ Advertise Eastland Trader. Gisborne Herald, Facebook

♦ Secondhand dealers

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Knitting wool 

♦ Charitable organisations, church groups

♦ Kindergartens, childcare centres, schools and kohanga reo

♦ Rest homes 

 

Light bulbs 

Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 386 Palmerston Rd, take fluorescent light bulbs - safely recycled by Interwaste(external link) 

 

Metal 

Metal recyclers take most items that are predominantly metal.

♦ Metalco Recyclers Ltd, 22 Banks Street, visit website(external link)

♦ M E Jukes, Stanley Road

 

Mobile phones

see cellphones 

 

Needles and syringes

Hauroa Tairawhiti has a system for collecting needles and syringes. Safe sharps disposal bins are located at pharmacies.   

 

Oil 

♦ City transfer station, Innes Street - engine waste oil

Fat, oil, grease from food - visit Direct Fats & Oils(external link)

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Paint

Resene Colourshop accepts unwanted paint and paint packaging.

Visit their website(external link) for PaintWise info and shop hours, 291 Palmerston Road 

 

Paper and cardboard

♦ Kerbside recycling collection - see guidelines

♦ 24/7 recycling drop off at Waste Management NZ Ltd, 75 Innes Street  

♦ Kindergartens, childcare facilities and kohanga reo

 

Phones

see cellphones 

 

Printer or photocopier cartridges

Business Applications(external link) 150 Grey Street (they accept Brother and Ricoh cartridges and toners)

♦ Office Products, 62 Peel Street

Croxley Recycling(external link)

 

Plastic containers and bags

Kerbside recycling collection only takes plastic grades 1 and 2. This is milk, drink and detergent bottles - wash and remove the lids as they're not recyclable. 
No plastic bags, cling-wrap and polystyrene, they are not recyclable. see our guide

♦ Waste Management NZ Ltd recycling drop off, Innes Street 

♦ Waste Management NZ Ltd do a commercial collection of recyclables, including shrink-wrap

♦ Kindergartens, childcare centres, kohanga reo 

♦ Resthomes take clean ice-cream containers

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Recycling

♦ Kerbside recycling collection - what can be recycled 

 

Soil, dirt, topsoil 

♦ M E Jukes, 180 Stanley Road

 

Spectacles - eye wear, glasses

Drop them into any optician, they're used in developing countries.

 

Timber

♦ Trading Post Recyclers, 71 Awapuni Road

♦ Neil Andrew Timber Recycling, 88 Bloomfield Rd - visit website(external link) 

 

Televisions

When you purchase a new TV, ask the retailer to take your old one

The eWaste collection programme is currently on hold in our region.

  

Whiteware

When you purchase a new appliance, ask the retailer to take your old appliance.

♦ M E Jukes, 180 Stanley Road - small charge

Metalco Recyclers(external link) 22 Banks Street

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